Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had his season-opening press conference today at Halas Hall. Here are some highlights:
* On getting this season started: "It's been kind of up and down this offseason with the lockout, and then having to rush through camp and have to squeeze everything in. I think everyone is excited in the building, to finally kick it off and get the season going."
* On the challenge of the Atlanta Falcons: "They're a solid team. You don't win 13, 14 games in a season, if you're not. They have everyone back, and they added another defensive end to help them out, so it's a tough team. You watch them on film, and they don't make a lot of mistakes. They're very solid. They show you a lot of different looks. They're experienced, and they play well."
* On the state of the offense: "You know, it's only the season year for a lot of the guys in this offense, and we got some new guys that are just coming into it. We're still growing, we're still figuring things out, we're still learning by experience, so we just got to go out there and play mistake free football. We're going to mess up some plays, and have some mentals out there. We just got to limit them."
* On his goals: "You don't want to throw out numbers because if you don't hit them, then you're going to be a little disappointed. Keep the interceptions down, keep the completion completition percentage high, and then hopefully everything else takes care of itself and we win some football games."
* On his comfort level with his offensive line: "Played well. Played really well. We're going to have a few bumps in the road, I'm sure this year, with those guys, probably the first game. Just getting them settled down and comfortable. But I have al the faith in the world in them. They're a very talented group. Got some older guys and some younger guys. They're going to have to learn as they go. But they're all we've got, so we got to go with them."
* On preseason projections of Bears winning 7-9 games: "I don't think the guys in this building really worry about what's happening outside. There's a lot of distractions. We have to take care of business and take care of our jobs first. Then everything else will fall into place."
* On Matt Forte: "I think he'll be fine. He handles himself well. He knows what it's all about. At the end of the day, he goes out and has a great year, he's going to get probably more money than he was going to get before. He's a player. He's a football player. He knows each Sunday, we're expecting a lot from him, and he's going to give his best."
* On challenging start to season: "I mean, there's no D-2 schools. We don't have a lot of options, so we got to take what it is. We got Atlanta, and we have to deal with it."